in Bedmond, Hertfordshire
"The garden at The Barn Serge Hill has been made since 1987 on an open, windy, gravelly hilltop. There are two contrasting areas, an enclosed Courtyard and a more open area laid out within a formal framework comprising a wide range of herbaceous perennials and shrubs tolerant of generally dry conditions. The garden is gradually developing, most especially areas of naturalistic herbaceous planting and seeding. The garden has featured in a number of articles in magazines and on Gardeners World. Particular plants well represented in the garden are Grasses, Geranium, Thalictrum, Salvia and Sedum. The garden is set in attractive open countryside, particularly surprising for its location 25 miles from Central London. It is surrounded by 5 acres of wild flower meadow." I loved the naturalistic planting with some levels of plants and the soft grass paths leading through the different garden rooms.
Tom Stuart-Smith is a world-known English landscape designer "whose work is characterised by strong contrasts between built form and naturalistic planting."
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